Japanese Hair-Washing Robot For The Elderly

JAPAN/In the future, old people (and eventually young people) will be bathed, clothed, comforted and nurtured by “caring” robots. Reuters reports:

It may look like a glorified salon chair, but a new Japanese hair-washing robot replicates the dexterous touch of a human hand to care for the locks of the elderly and the infirm.

Its creators at electronics firm Panasonic say the machine features the latest robotic technology and could help replace human care-givers in this rapidly aging nation without degrading the quality of the service.

“Using robotic hand technology and 24 robotic fingers, this robot can wash the hair or handicapped in the way human hands do in order to help them have better daily lives,” said developer Tohru Nakamura.

Nakamura said Japan’s aging society supports a healthy market in care-giving robot technologies.

“We will develop more care-giving technologies for the elderly or handicapped in Japan and will export those technologies to other aging societies, such as South Korea and China, in the future,” Nakamura said.

The hair-washing machine is not available to consumers at this point, and a price has yet to be set. Panasonic plans to start sales next year, targeting nursing homes and hospitals.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Well thank god! Now we can almost entirely stop caring about our elders. Techno bullshit saves the day again.

    • Jin The Ninja

      Well case in point, Tokyo Electric has had several contraversies regarding turning off the power/heat/hydro of several suburban and rural elderly residents this last winter and the winter before…and subsequently they died. It would be hard to wash your hair without power.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Well it would be hard to have a robot wash your hair without power =P

        • Jin The Ninja

          lol exactly- i guess a bottle of dr. bronner’s and a mtn stream can’t be all too hard to come by…:P

  • Wanooski

    Well thank god! Now we can almost entirely stop caring about our elders. Techno bullshit saves the day again.

  • Anonymous

    Well case in point, Tokyo Electric has had several contraversies regarding turning off the power/heat/hydro of several suburban and rural elderly residents this last winter and the winter before…and subsequently they died. It would be hard to wash your hair without power.

  • Wanooski

    Well it would be hard to have a robot wash your hair without power =P

  • Wanooski

    Well it would be hard to have a robot wash your hair without power =P

  • Anonymous

    lol exactly- i guess a bottle of dr. bronner’s and a mtn stream can’t be all too hard to come by…:P

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  • Haystack

    Sure, these robots are serving us for now, but how long before they rise up against humankind and wash our hair by force? 

  • Haystack

    Sure, these robots are serving us for now, but how long before they rise up against humankind and wash our hair by force? 

    • Anarchy Pony

      And then: The Butlerian Jihad.

  • Wanooski

    And then: The Butlerian Jihad.

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